Some staples of college life—ramen, all-nighters, testing the limits of the human liver—also land on the list of most nutritionists lists of “absolute don’ts.” We need to take care of ourselves without our family back at home here to tuck us into our lofted dorm beds to rest.
You’ll need to know healthy places to eat around your campus even on a college budget. You’ll need to learn your way around the gym and how to actually get yourself there.
Adulting in college means managing an illness solo like Type One Diabetes for some students. Or it could mean advocating for your needs on campus. And for many, it might also mean taking care of yourself while sick in bed for the first time.
And you’ll need answers to the questions you can’t comfortably call home about. What do you do about STDs? How do drugs like molly affect your system?
Don’t forget about mental health. One in four young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 have a diagnosable mental illness according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Make your mental health a priority; consider counseling, listen to your body, and learn that failing is not the end of the world.
Part of #adulting involves taking care of yourself.